Colleen Shannon was Playboy’s Miss January 2004—not to mention the magazine’s 50th Anniversary Playmate, selected from more than 10,000 applicants.
The road to Playboy was long. Colleen was born and raised on Pelican, Alaska, an island with fewer than 300 inhabitants. “There were no cars, and we had to drink powdered milk,” she said. “It was wild.”
She moved to California. Since then it’s been champagne and roses. She’s been touted as the world’s sexiest DJ, and she shares the stage with big leaguers like Paul Oakenfold, Funk Master Flex, and Snoop Dogg. “I still can’t believe I’m a Playmate,” she told Playboy. “But being a DJ is my calling.”
She found time for spreads in Playboy, Maxim, FHM, and Loaded, various TV commercials, three music videos, four films, and an episode of How I Met Your Mother, all on top of an international touring schedule.
“Everyone is here to do something,” she said. “For me, it’s being a Playmate and a celebrity DJ. I’m blessed to be able to do something I love.” In 2010 she released her first studio album with Sony Records.
Colleen uses her musical skills to make the world a better place. She founded the World DJ Foundation, an organization that brings DJs together from around the world into communities to help children and the less fortunate.
Colleen told Playboy she’s turned on by “vinyl, positivity, supportiveness, artistic abilities, and a good sense of humor.” She’s turned off by CDs, negativity, and bad kissers.